Flywheel is a data management and analysis platform built specifically for scientists and the researcher's workflow.

Flywheel empowers research momentum by focusing on data and medical image capture, content management, scientific computation, and collaboration.

Flywheel was founded in 2012 by Gunnar Schaefer, Troy Kopischke, & Brian Wandell and is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Flywheel accelerates new scientific discoveries in pharma, biotech, and academic research through cloud-scale collaboration. It develops cloud scale data management platform for medical imaging core facilities, and academic and clinical research teams. 

Flywheel offers tools, such as the flywheel web interface, a graphical user interface; the flywheel command line interface for uploading and downloading files, start jobs, and build gears; software development kits (SDK) for Python 2 and 3, Matlab, and R; and Flywheel Reaper for instrument integration.


Flywheel has partnered with Google's Cloud Health for cloud-scale clinical data governance, research, and machine learning.


Flywheel combines open source methods from top universities, a modern web user interface, and an extensible compute engine based on containerization technology. The result is a software platform to accelerate discovery and help researchers do science, not IT.



  • Year founded: 2012
  • Funding Info: $6M in 1 Funding Round (Funding Type: Series A)
  • Yearly Revenue: $2M-$5M (2018)
  • Employee Size: 11-50
  • Business Valuation: NA
  • City/Town: Minneapolis
  • State: Minnesota
  • Country: United States
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